Colossians 3:1-2 “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.”
Focusing on things from above is easier said than done. Why?
- We get distracted easily
- We get focused on what we can see more than what we can’t see
2 Corinthians 4:18
“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
God is moved by people who are hurting:
- He is compassionate
- He is gentle
- He cares for their needs
1 John 2:15-17
15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Fatheris not in them. 16 For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.
If anyone loves the world the love of God is not in them
Three Things God despises:
- The lust of the flesh
- The lust of the eyes
- The pride of life
An eternal perspective realizes that my best benefit is
to do things in God’s way.
- God’s way helps others
- God’s way has eternal implications
- God’s way makes us to be better people
13 Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”
Having an eternal perspective gives us meaning
- We live for something much bigger than ourselves
- We live to have long lasting implications
- We live to eternally influence people’s lives
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’
32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
PEOPLE ARE ETERNAL AND MUCH MORE IMPORTANT THAN THINGS
Most important things in my life
- Prayer and Bible reading
- Making sure my spouse and kids feel loved
- Reaching out to someone in the church
- Reaching out to someone who needs Jesus
- Exercise and health
Necessary, but not eternally important
- Household chores
Not important and not eternal